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LOCAL INDUSTRIES.

SHEARER AND GALLOWAY’S CARRIAGE WORKS. TinwtiW, Although an infant among townships, has no cause to feel ashamed of its progress. Two years ago, one building was in existence to show that the place hail a habitation and a name,” and that was the blacksmith’s shop then worked by Messrs. Keetly Bros., and now. engineered by Mr. Begg. Since that date Tinwald has made rapid strides. A railway station, goods sheds, school and church ; Scott’s Hotel; Bullock’s store ; Clark ■ ami Beswick’s grain stores and saleyard*; butcher’s, baker's, Saddlers, and other shops, and a host of cottageshave sprung up nt such a speed that every week showed some new buildings in course « f erection. During the season of depression which we 'have experienced since' last, harvest, Tinwald, like all other places, Ha# suffered a check. Among the latest, bat not the least, of the local industries started there is the business of Messrs Shearer and Galloway, who erected abuild r ing 60 feet by 30 for the purpoaemf carry-!. ing on their trade 'as wheelwrights,, carriage builders, etc., and they; possess): the plant and working ability to carry oik the trade in all its various stages. Being; “ canny ’’ men, and cautious of speculating in bad times. Messrs Shearer and Gallo* way have not gone into speculations beyond ■ the requirements of the times, and in. thw>- / their example might have been of Value to other firms with more ambitious but ■ less successful ideas. This Tinwald business.? has undertaken the development of one, of our. sources of industry which thin paper has frequently referred to, viz. : chaff cutting, and the firm has invented a machine which we consider eminently qualified to do the work it is expected to_.. perform. Most people in Ashburton havir to buy chaff, and they will all acknowledge that there is a great loss and waste; where the straw is so unevenly cut that: horses reject it, and blow out fully oust third of their feed in consequence <>f tin long straws. This complaint will be effectually got rid of by Messrs. Shearer and Galloway’s patent, since all the chaff fit for feed passes through a riddle, the long straws being returned to the cutter. An ingenious plan is adopted for pressing: the chaff into the bags . The chaff on. leaving the riddles is raised by elevator* and a blast to a height of about nine feet„ and is then shot into bags, and there compressed hy means of stampers working alternately ; and a bag is made to contain about 651bs. of chaff instead of SOlbs.. as is usually the case. The first machine of their manufacture has been purchased by Messrs. Jones and Bradshaw, of Winslow, the motive power being an 8-horse engine,, the chaff cutter used being a Buncle’s, 3-knife machine* a Melbourne patent: which haa taken first prize wherevershown. This machine is equal to cutting something like 25owt. per-hour when tut alongside a good ata ;k of straw, and wu expect to hear of tue exportation of chaff Incoming one &f our prominent local industries during the slack months of the year. Messrs. Shearer and Galloway being ina nifacturers, are of course, capable of doing repairs, and on our visit we found combines, farm drays, tip drays, bakers’ and butchers’ carts —in , fact, every description of vehicle either under the process of building or repairs; ami the capabilities of their establishment extend from the construction of the largest sized waggon to the fixing up of a Yankee buggy. Of course as their venture is a recent one, and started at a time of depression, they have not attempted to extend their work as much as they would have done otherwise ; but the samples of the work they have turned out is sufficient evidence of the ability of the firm to do work Which they need not he ashamed to have brought to them for investigation after a few months’ work, and seeing that Tinwald is the centre of one of our richest farming districts, they ought to have a brilliant future before them.

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LOCAL INDUSTRIES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 29, 2 December 1879

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